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Doug Baker

Douglas M. Baker, Jr.

Doug Baker is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc. Baker began his career with Ecolab in 1989, and has held key roles in marketing, sales and management in the U.S. and Europe. In July 2004, Baker was named president and chief executive officer, and in May 2006, added chairman of the board to his duties.

Doug Baker is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and vital resources.

Ecolab recently ranked #7 on Corporate Responsibility’s list of Best Corporate Citizens and #17 on Barron's list of Most Sustainable Companies. The company regularly appears on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies and has been named to Ethisphere’s list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 14 consecutive years.

Baker joined Ecolab in 1989, following seven years in brand management at Procter & Gamble. At Ecolab, he held a number of marketing and general management roles in the U.S. and Europe before becoming president and chief executive officer in July 2004. In May 2006, Baker added chairman of the board to his duties.

In addition to his Ecolab responsibilities, Baker serves on the board of directors of Target Corporation, the executive committee of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and on the board of trustees of Mayo Clinic. He is trustee emeritus of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and is involved in a number of community initiatives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Baker received a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and serves on the college’s board of trustees.

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More from Doug Baker

Doug Baker discusses how Ecolab is helping businesses regain consumer trust during the COVID-19 pandemic on CNBC
Doug Baker was a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Alley to discuss how the company is utilizing its science-based solutions and expertise to help businesses reopen and regain consumer trust with a high standard of cleanliness.
Ecolab CEO Doug Baker on Fox Business
Doug Baker talks about the risk of Legionella in office buildings’ water supply on Fox Business
Doug Baker discusses how businesses can help reduce the risk of spreading Legionnaires' disease and coronavirus in the workplace after a report says stagnant water in office building pipes, taps and toilets could cause Legionnaires' disease. Watch the full interview here.  
Barron's Top CEOs of 2020
Doug Baker named to Barron’s top CEOs of 2020 list
Doug Baker was one of 25 CEOs named to Barron’s list of top CEOs for 2020. Baker was recognized for his work during the pandemic to protect employee pay, support customers and restaurant workers, and donate nearly 1 million pounds of cleaning and disinfecting products to those in need. Read the full article here (subscription required). 
Child care
The pandemic, racial inequity: Child care is part of solution for both

In this op-ed, Doug Baker advocates for improved funding for America’s child care providers. He makes the case that access to high quality child care is a key strategy to both addressing systemic racial inequity and helping our economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full op-ed in the StarTribune here.

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